Pump plan on track

The Leader (Nelson) - - FRONT PAGE - KATY JONES

The Nel­son sea­side com­mu­nity of Glen­d­uan hopes to add bi­cy­cle pump track to the list of leisure fa­cil­i­ties avail­able on its lo­cal re­serve.

About a third of the clay needed to build the track is al­ready on the planned site, next to a play­ground area that opened last year.

While the coun­cil helped set up The Glen’s play­ground space, com­plete with a fly­ing fox and con­crete skate ramp, the bike track is be­ing funded and man­aged by the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

The Friends of The Glen So­ci­ety com­mu­nity group started work on the track about a year ago, but chair­women Ni­cole Coo­ley said the project was stalled by wet win­ter weather.

‘‘We couldn’t get any trucks on here to bring the ma­te­rial on, but we’re ready to go as soon as we get the rest of the ma­te­rial.’’

About 80 cu­bic me­tres of clay was needed to add to the 40 al­ready there. ‘‘Be­cause it’s a pump track it’s got to be spe­cific clay, with­out the stones in it, be­cause over time the stones will rise to the top.’’

Pump tracks are hilly cir­cuits, de­signed to be rid­den not by ped­alling, but by ‘‘pump­ing’’; us­ing mo­men­tum from up and down body move­ments.

They en­cour­age peo­ple to learn how to bal­ance and de­velop the skills needed to bike with­out the risk of in­jury, Coo­ley said.

‘‘There are prob­a­bly about 60 or 70 kids liv­ing out here, plus the greater com­mu­nity of Nel­son North that spends a lot of time here, and a lot of the kids are bike mad, and the

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